How to format your references using the Nursing for Women's Health citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nursing for Women's Health. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Levasseur-Regourd, A.-C. (2004). Cometary dust unveiled. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5678), 1762–1763.
A journal article with 2 authors
Einav, L., & Levin, J. (2014). Economics in the age of big data. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6210), 1243089.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dragoi, V., Rivadulla, C., & Sur, M. (2001). Foci of orientation plasticity in visual cortex. Nature, 411(6833), 80–86.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chen, X.-D., Liu, Z.-B., Jiang, W.-S., Yan, X.-Q., Xing, F., Wang, P., Chen, Y., & Tian, J.-G. (2013). The selective transfer of patterned graphene. Scientific Reports, 3, 3216.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Hollin, C. R. (2016). The Psychology of Interpersonal Violence. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Aneva, B., & Kouteva-Guentcheva, M. (Eds.). (2015). Nonlinear Mathematical Physics and Natural Hazards: Selected Papers from the International School and Workshop held in Sofia, Bulgaria, 28 November – 02 December, 2013 (Vol. 163). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Van Landuyt, K., De Munck, J., Coutinho, E., Peumans, M., Lambrechts, P., & Van Meerbeek, B. (2005). Bonding to Dentin: Smear Layer and the Process of Hybridization. In G. Eliades, D. Watts, & T. Eliades (Eds.), Dental Hard Tissues and Bonding: Interfacial Phenomena and Related Properties (pp. 89–122). Springer.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Nursing for Women's Health.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2015, October 30). An Enormous Crack Has Suddenly Appeared In The Mountain Range Near Yellowstone. IFLScience; IFLScience.


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office. (1998). Year 2000 Computing Crisis: The District of Columbia Faces Tremendous Challenges in Ensuring Vital Services Are Not Disrupted (T-AIMD-99-4). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Nannapaneni, D. (2015). Factors associated with HPV acceptability among parents [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Sisario, B. (2017, February 12). On Adele’s Big Night, She Lauds Beyoncé. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Levasseur-Regourd, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Einav & Levin, 2014; Levasseur-Regourd, 2004).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Einav & Levin, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Dragoi et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Chen et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleNursing for Women's Health
AbbreviationNurs. Womens. Health
ISSN (print)1751-4851
ScopeGeneral Nursing

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